Self Made Minds (the return) – Take 3

Well it’s been a while since I posted here (2 years, oops). Recently I’ve found myself posting more and more in forums and various Facebook groups and I quite enjoy it. My wife told me I need a hobby (as did my therapist) so I think the time is right to start posting here again. Not going to promise weekly updates but it will be more frequent than before. Any feedback will always be appreciated and will motivate to write more.

As before I’ll be posting about different business bits (and self made mind stuff) I’ve done or am doing, both successes and failures (boo). I will go into the nitty gritty at times.

I’m currently still selling on Amazon (after a few suspensions), mainly outsourced or automated and I’m very close to a 7 digit milestone, so there’s a bunch of stuff I can write about there. Starting a print on demand, new brand case study so that could be a fun one (maybe profitable, maybe not). I’ve been working on my own SaaS (Software as a Service) product for ages but that is getting really close to release. Still have various sites, and since my last post some have been and gone. I do have my fingers in quite a few different pies at the moment. I’m beginning to import from China and if that doesn’t generate some cool posts I’ll be amazed. Oh and I’m moving to the good old USA next year.

I will be doing interviews with various entrepreneurs that I know, so if you fancy a chat feel free to ping me. When we first launched Self Made Minds back in 2007 (ouch), I did a series called the HISTORY OF A $100K SITE. Over the years the site made me a few million but not everything lasts forever so I’m thinking of doing a followup series, The decline of a 7 digit site – you can learn just as much from mistakes as successes (even better when it’s somebody else mistake).

Currently sat on a train on my way to London to watch the mighty Iron Maiden on the last gig of the current tour (should be a classic), also meeting a couple of business partners to talk shop and stuff (that’s the primary purpose of this trip Mr Taxman).

The next Uranium bull market


In my opinion there is an explosive and potential once in a lifetime opportunity coming up, which by my understanding is more a ‘when’ event and not an ‘if’ chance to make serious cash. None of this is investment advice and I do hold stocks and shares in this sector, so do your own research. […]

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Selling on Amazon – Year One

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It’s been a bit over a year since I started selling physical products on Amazon (I did mean to do some ongoing posts about it during that time, oops). I’ve learnt a lot in the year, made some great decisions and some total shite ones. I will share a bit here and document where the […]

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Changing Times and New Business Models


Well it’s been a while and a lot has changed since I made my last post. For those new here please feel free to browse the archives, there’s a fair bit of decent stuff though bear in mind the age of it. But in short form… Previously I made the majority of my online income […]

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Internet Marketing and VAT, do you need to Register? Lessons Shared from a Compliance Check


This is a very UK specific post (though if you’re reading from elsewhere I’d suggest seeking some professional taxation advice). Also I’m not a qualified (or unqualified) accountant so bear that in mind too (however as you’ll read later don’t believe everything an accountant tells you). When I receive a letter from HMRC I generally […]

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Appealing an Adsense Suspension

In my last post I detailed how one of my sites had Adsense disabled due to a violation of Google’s policies, in this post I’ll explain changes made and the appeal process. After receiving the warning email I thought I’d made all the required changes to bring my site into compliance, however obviously not, as […]

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Twitter, a social way to earn your pay


Nobody can say I was early to the twitter party, then again I was very late to the domain one and that never stopped me looking at things and playing catchup in my own way. I reluctantly joined twitter very late and am not that social tbh, I wouldn’t follow me, put it that way. […]

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Losing a 6 Figure Revenue Stream

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I am a big fan of Google Adsense. They’ve been one of my best revenue streams having paid me over a million dollars through the years and I pride myself on quality content and playing by the rules. You know that statement all good thing come to an end well I was somewhat startled to […]

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The Return of Self Made Minds


Firstly I’d like to welcome you (back) to Self Made Minds, an entrepreneurial blog where we share the various activities, ideas and stuff we’ve been involved in. We’ve had something of a hiatus from this site, where Scott and I have been up to various business and life experiences and changes. However Self Made Minds […]

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The short domain release and PC

This post has been a while in the making, around March last year I bought my initials for £x,xxx – at around the same time Nominet announced they were going to release previously held back short domain names like or Reading the announcement it was clear before going to the general public […]

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